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Berend van der Eijk
Media/IT lawyer, privacy advocate.
Media/IT lawyer, privacy advocate.

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The packet capture shown in these new NSA slides shows internal database replication traffic for the anti-hacking system I worked on for over two years. Specifically, it shows a database recording a user login as part of this system:

Recently +Brandon Downey, a colleague of mine on the Google security team, said (after the usual disclaimers about being personal opinions and not speaking for the firm which I repeat here) - "fuck these guys":

I now join him in issuing a giant Fuck You to the people who made these slides. I am not American, I am a Brit, but it's no different - GCHQ turns out to be even worse than the NSA.

We designed this system to keep criminals out. There's no ambiguity here. The warrant system with skeptical judges, paths for appeal, and rules of evidence was built from centuries of hard won experience. When it works, it represents as good a balance as we've got between the need to restrain the state and the need to keep crime in check. Bypassing that system is illegal for a good reason.

Unfortunately we live in a world where all too often, laws are for the little people. Nobody at GCHQ or the NSA will ever stand before a judge and answer for this industrial-scale subversion of the judicial process. In the absence of working law enforcement,  we therefore do what internet engineers have always done - build more secure software. The traffic shown in the slides below is now all encrypted and the work the NSA/GCHQ staff did on understanding it, ruined.

Thank you Edward Snowden. For me personally, this is the most interesting revelation all summer.

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Apple is going to reject apps that use cookies for tracking and advertisement purposes - proposes own ad identifier.

Anyone got a better Google+ / Twitter extension than G++? Basically I want to share via G+ (yes, its alive) and Tweet simultaneously.

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I see over 9000 legal and moral questions. Apart from that, this is pretty awesome. 

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US companies beware. How Whatsapp (US) was under joint investigation of Canadian and Dutch Data Protection Authorities.

A recent study found that if every software producing firm in America wanted to check just the new software patents issued in a given year, about two million patent attorneys working full time would be needed to do the job.

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Works that could have been in the public domain by 2012 ...under the law that existed until 1978. #tuttifrutti #lotr

Thanks to my WiFi connected scale (awesome gadget by the way), I now know that our cleaning lady weighs in at a whopping 53.2 Kg. Thanks +Withings!

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True words: There does not always have to be
"an app for that.”
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